40. Dahl, Roald. Boy: Tales of Childhood. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1984, 160pages. Tr. $27.16 ISBN 0374373744
Brief Description: In this book, Roald Dahl writes a memoir of his childhood, family, friends, and school life. Readers will learn about his fun adventures when he was little, his horrible experience of visiting a doctor, his first drive in the Moto-car, his closed relationship with his family, and more. Childhood photographs, letters, and drawings are included throughout the whole book.
Genre(s)/Subject(s): biography, childhood and youth
Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Books Similar in Style, Content, Theme, or Characters: Looking back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry, Knots in my yo-yo string : the autobiography of a kid by Jerry Spinelli. The invisible thread by Yoshiko Uchida.
Programming/Lesson Ideas: It is suggested to read some famous fictions by Roald Dahl after reading this book.
Personal Thoughts: This autobiography of Roald Dahl helps young readers learn more about their favorite writer and the reasons behind the creations of his classic fictions. In the last part of the book, Roald Dahl explains what drove him to write Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl’s witty and humorous writing style is also applied to his autobiography, and contributes to a fascinating book.